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LIFE Master AJ
Chess Game Collections
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  1. Games in my "GOTM" web site.
    This is the game collection for my "Game Of The Month" web site. (Originally at: although this website is now closed.) My very first game was the exciting game that eventually decided the Russian Championships for 2003. (Svidler vs Morozevich, 2003)

    I made this collection by request, so you would know when I annotated it and where you could go to see those annotations.

    Be sure to check out any and all posts and kibitzes on the individual games themselves!! Good stuff! Have fun! (NOTE!!! Some games in my website ... have no corresponding game here. For example my March, 2004 game is from the Bundesliga competition. It is a game between Svidler and Rustemov. Yet it is NOT carried here!)

    Please see my annotations of these great games ... and of course, please e-mail me at: "," to let me know what you think!!!!!

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    NOTE: Geo-Cities (The original home of my "Game of The Month" website); will be closing soon ...

    The new home for my "Game of The Month" website will be:

    30 games, 2003-2011

  2. Games that SHOULD have been "shorties" ...
    These are games that should have been miniatures, one side was clearly lost, but played on ... ... ... (for whatever reason). I find the winner's play so convincing that - for me - these games are like miniatures, even if the loser spoiled things by playing on.
    3 games, 1929-1958

  3. Good "King-and-Pawn" endgames ...
    K+P endings are the most basic phase of the game ... but most players routinely blow it. Here is a collection to K+P endgames ... WARNING: I have not found too many games on this site that feature K+P endings!!!

    (Created: September 11th, 2011.)

    1 game, 1974

  4. Great games - by a chess GENIUS!!! (Rubinstein)
    These are games by Akiba Rubinstein. Like Capa, A. Rubinstein was simply a genius at chess, I learn something every time I see a new game of his.

    By - A.J. Goldsby I (Created: September 29th, 2011.)

    PS: Several of these games are annotated by me, off-site. (On my own web pages.) Additionally, several more of these games are annotated here. (On this site.)

    12 games, 1907-1927

  5. Great games - by Bobby Fischer.
    The intro says it all. Many of these games, I might have annotated - others I may not have been able to do this.

    Just a small collection of a few of Fischer's better games.

    9 games, 1956-1972

  6. Great games by ... the one and only ALEKHINE!
    Some superb examples of his legendary attacking skill.

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    Try this link to find my comments of Alekhine on several different websites:

    My (brief) bio of this player:

    The CG page for him:
    Alexander Alekhine

    (Created sometime in 2011, I believe.)

    10 games, 1913-1937

  7. Great Games of the 19th Century!!!!!!!
    The title says it all, here I will try to collect all the great games of the 19th Century. (BTW, this collection is for games that are NOT already in other collections! I also want to emphasize games that perhaps help change the course of chess history.) I also want to stick to (perhaps) one game per player ... and maybe pages that I already have a web page on.

    Collection began: Sunday; October 16th, 2011.

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    # 1.) My analyis of Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895, (Hastings, 1895); can be found at: (I believe that this game is simply one of Pillsbury's finest games.)

    # 2.) My analysis of: Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 is quite extensive. (Many web pages ... and now a YT video.) Please begin at: thank-you.

    # 3.) My analysis of the famous game, Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 (The EVERGREEN Game); can be found at:

    # 4.) My analysis of: Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883, ("Zukertort's Immortal"); can be found at (This game was added: Nov. 2nd, 2011.)

    # 5.) My analysis of the beautiful game: Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 (Which is known as "The Pearl of Hastings," and was also the winner of the FIRST brilliancy prize!!!); can be found at: (Redone ... many times.)

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    9 games, 1846-1983

  8. Great games of the 20th Century
    Yes, I know Soltis did a book on the subject.

    I also know that he included poorly-played games, draws and postal games in that collection. So here is my collection.

    This collection will be dedicated to the best games of the last century. However, I won't pick run-of-the-mill games, mind you. I want only those games that are clearly a cut above everything else. (E-mail me with your ideas and suggestions ...

    Friday; September 18th, 2009: I decided I was waiting on "the greatest games of all time ..." In the end, this meant that no game was good enough to add. Well, the heck with that, when I see a game I really like, I am going to add it.

    7 games, 1900-1997

  9. Interesting "Chess Games" Miniatures!
    I love miniatures in chess, I have devoted many web pages to this topic. [One example: My most recent - "full scale" effort in this department? Another example is:, which is on the "World Chess Academy" site. (I used to contribute to this site on a regular basis.)]

    I actually thought I had done this before ... but I was surprised (even shocked!?!?) to learn that I had no CG collection of miniatures.

    So I created a new web page, ( ... and this game collection (beginning date: Tuesday; September 8th, 2009) ... to track my favorite and/or interesting miniatures from this site.

    The page of gives my annotations of the contest, P K Wells vs Shirov, 2006.

    If you know of an interesting miniature ... drop me a note in my forum, (User: LIFE Master AJ); or send me an e-mail (

    67 games, 1846-2016

  10. Interesting / brilliant games ... by D. Janowski
    The title of the collection says it all ... I intend to add all of the games, (that I enjoy, especially on this site); of this great player.

    This collection was created on Thursday; October 6th, 2011.

    Wiki's player profile of David Janowski

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    #1.) One of his most famous games would have to be: Janowski vs Saemisch, 1925.

    (My analysis can be found at:

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    3 games, 1896-1925

  11. Kasparov's Chess Triumphs
    A small collection of a few of G.K.'s better games. (
    9 games, 1981-2005

  12. Knight forks!
    The title says it all. There are LOTS of games on this server where a Knight fork decides everything. They range from the grossly simple ... to the mind-bendingly hard. (Have fun! Enjoy!!)
    5 games, 1918-1988

  13. LIFE Master AJ = games ... annotated (off-site)
    These are a list of a few of the better games that I have annotated, but NOT on the CG website. LOOK FOR THE LINK!!! (In the kibitzes! I have received many requests for this type of game collection. Why I have always shrugged it off? Laziness, I guess!)

    NOTE: Games included in other collections will not be added here! {Not always true!]

    31 games, 1857-2012

  14. LIFE Master AJ's "10 Greatest Short Games" ever!
    This collection is dedicated to the ten best <short> games of chess ever played, with one honorable mention ... thrown in at the end. (See game number eleven.)

    The above page is my old "Geo-Cities" web page on short games. If you scroll down the page - near the bottom - you will see my list of the "10 Greatest Chess Short Games" (of all time).

    This game collection reflects that list.

    I have annotated ALL of these games, (off-site); check out the links ... they are given below the games. (In the notes/kibitzes.)

    I think the games are given in chronological order ... NOT the order of how I might rate them! (PLEASE!!! DON'T ask me to do this!) Created: Thursday / April 14th, 2011.

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    #1.) Harry N. Pillsbury - Seymon Winawer; Budapest, 1896.

    #2.) Richard Reti - Savielly Tartakower; Vienna, 1910.

    #3.) Ed Lasker - George A. Thomas; London, 1912.

    #4.) David Janowski - Fritz Samisch; Marienbad, GER. 1925.

    #5.) R. Reti - Jose R. Capablanca; Berlin, 1928.

    #6.) Alexander A. Alekhine (2815) - Aaron Nimzowitsch (2775) [C15] Lake Bled; (Round #6) August 30th, 1931. &

    #7.) Glucksberg - M. Najdorf; Warsaw, 1935.

    #8.) B. Spassky - A. Aftonomov; USSR Jr. Qualifiers, 1949.

    #9.) Robert Byrne - R.J. ("Bobby") Fischer; U.S.A. Championship 1963-64. (New York)

    #10.) Bent Larsen - Boris V. Spassky; [Super] Match, "U.S.S.R. vs. The Rest of the World." Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 1970.

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    Friday; April 15th, 2011: I got an e-mail (yesterday) from a young man ... who has been following my websites for a number of years now. He wanted to know about the (following) game:

    Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858, [also known as "Morphy vs. Two Amateurs, Paris (Opera House); 1858].

    I have covered this game on a number of web pages, see: &, (and a few others).

    Marshall called this, "the most famous game of chess," and indeed it is well known. It is my personal opinion that this game is simply (maybe) the finest game ever played. (period) It is swift, accurate, and - at the end of this contest - White mates with his last two (active/possible) pieces. (True chess artistry!!!)

    However, I will confess that my opinion of this game is NOT shared by the general chess public! Perhaps it has received so much publicity that the general chess-playing audience has simply grown tired of it. Because of this popular sentiment, I did not include it in my collection of "The Ten Best."

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    WEDNESDAY / May 4th, 2011.

    Another great game is: Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995.

    This was "The Problem of The Day" around April 30th, 2011.

    I thought that I had never really gone over this game before, however, when I took out my Kramnik book, I discovered that it had a few hand-written notes in the margin.

    I have already begun my analysis of this unbelievable game, however, this phase can often take weeks - even months. (I am seriously considering making a web page <and possibly a video> for this wonderful chess game.) However, I wanted to add this game to my collection ... so here it is ... without further delay. (See my notes and comments in the "kibitzes" ... below the game.)

    12 games, 1858-1995

  15. LIFE Master AJ's "Man-killers!!!" (F.t. ladies!)
    I am a Dad now ... and I have three girls.

    When I was a boy - coming up in the chess world - there was a lot of chauvinism in chess. ("Girls are rotten chess-players." - Bobby Fischer)

    Here is a collection of games ... to show off those ruthless lady players!

    1 game, 1991

  16. LIFE Master AJ's annotated (CG) games
    All the (whole) games on this server that I have commented on (at any length).

    [Look for the annotations in the notes, see the "kibitzing section" that follows the actual game.]

    35 games, 1859-2013

  17. LIFE Master AJ's Favorite CG Endgames
    Useful endings ... with practical advice in the kibitzes.

    My site -

    The page with my endgame school -

    1 game, 1989

  18. LIFE Master AJ's favorite games
    Some of my favorite and most interesting (master-level) games.
    6 games, 1900-2004

  19. LIFE Master AJ's very own "shorties"
    This is the collection of my own games ... which are also miniatures.
    5 games, 1990-2012

  20. LifeMasterAJ's collection of mind-bending moves.
    I have a web page on great (amazing/startling/wild) chess moves. I may (or may not) add those games later.

    Here is my collection of some of the greatest and most interesting (unexpected/shocking) chess moves of all time! (Really stunning!!!)

    4 games, 1992-2004

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